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Community Store president sharing story at SUNY Canton this afternoon

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CANTON - Melinda Little, president of the Community Store that opened recently in Saranac Lake, is the final scheduled speaker for a series of weekly Tuesday talks at SUNY Canton.

There will be a presentation on this successful effort to create a unique and groundbreaking effort at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Room 112 of Nevaldine Hall.

When the Ames Department Store in Saranac Lake closed its doors in 2002, Tri-Lakes residents and visitors were left without a convenient, local source for items such as underwear, moderately priced clothing, linens, craft supplies and sundries and were forced to travel an hour away to either Malone or Plattsburgh to fulfill many of their basic shopping needs.

Recognizing the need to fill that void, a group of local residents came together in early 2006 and formed the “Retail Options Committee” to identify retailers who might potentially open a store in Saranac Lake. The Committee came across the concept of a community-owned department store and decided to forge ahead.

Now, five years later, The Community Store in Saranac Lake has become a reality, opening on Oct. 29, 2011. Hundreds of hours of volunteer time was invested in the future of Saranac Lake through this project.

The Sustainability Design Class offered by Matt Burnett at SUNY Canton offered the opportunity to the public to attend this Tuesday Night Lecture series featuring a different speaker each week this Spring on topics related to Sustainability.

Parking is free for visitors - bear right at the Y once on campus and then left into the second Nevaldine parking lot.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Matt Burnett, Graphic and Multimedia Design, 315-386-7011, burnettm@canton.edu

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